Tag: commercials I hate

Congrats to Lexus on the Most Obnoxious Holiday Commercials of All-Time

Congrats to Lexus on the Most Obnoxious Holiday Commercials of All-Time

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Lexus, a perennial contender for the most annoying holiday commercials of the year, has roared back to the top of my Most Hated Christmas Commercial list in 2011 for all-time after being temporarily dethroned in 2010 by the Hyundai Hipsters. Incredibly, they've found a way to amp up the obnoxiousness even more this time by playing cutesy with their stupid "December to Remember" jingle. If you haven't seen this spot from 2011, get a barf bag handy: Look, I don't normally encourage class jealousy or class warfare, but this is just fucking ridiculous. Who exactly does this campaign appeal to, if not privileged, upper-class white people without an ounce of shame? At least this year's Acura holiday ads try to be funny. If it makes you feel any better, feel free to sing along with
Fisher-Price’s TV Commercials Make Me Miss Being Childless

Fisher-Price’s TV Commercials Make Me Miss Being Childless

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Being the parent of a toddler, I get to watch a wide range of children's TV. Some of it is actually pretty good, and some of it stinks. And then of course, there are the commercials. Tons and tons of commercials. For the most part I'm able to tune them out, or even have some fun with the ads. But not the latest batch of Fisher-Price spots. Let's see if you can guess why, with this example. Seems pretty harmless, right? The kid's cute, and who doesn't love toys? I mean, yeah, that song is a little annoying, what with the singer sounding like someone drugged her water before the recording session. But I guess she's not that obnoxious. Now try sitting through about 100 of these ads. That whiny, droning indie hipster "singing" transforms from slightly grating to completely rage-in...
Get the London Look and Fit a Tuppence Between Your Teeth

Get the London Look and Fit a Tuppence Between Your Teeth

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Sure, Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of rock icon Mick Jagger and has a lucrative endorsement deal with Rimmel London. But on the other hand, if she forgets to close her mouth when she walks down the street everyone hears a weird whistling noise. Yeah I know, all of these models have to have some gimmick that makes them unique or interesting. But seriously, those teeth are frigging distracting. Say, you know who else has the London look?
The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2011

The Best of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit — 2011

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It's been another fun and challenging year heading up my little internet concern, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. As always, I want to take this opportunity to thank those of you who stop by regularly and even share my content with others. This is not a money-making operation for me, so it's gratifying to know that if my site went poof tomorrow there'd at least be a few of you who would notice for a few minutes. The biggest happening around these parts is that I finally launched a more permanent site, of which this blog is now but a section. If you haven't done so yet, please stop by the home site, browse around, and tell your friends and enemies! OK, enough schmaltz and plugs. I wrote a lot of stuff this past year, some of which was actually pretty popular. Here are the ten mo...
Commercials I Hate — Toyota Prius Family

Commercials I Hate — Toyota Prius Family

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OK, there are three things really wrong with this new "Prius Family" commercial from Toyota. Can you guess what they are? I'm sure the first thing most of you picked out as offensive is, well, the really fucking creepy Mummenschanz/Human Centipede "person." I don't think I need to say anything more about it, except that it is nightmare fuel of the highest order and needs to be set on fire. OK, so the second thing. I hate, hate, HATE alarm clocks in commercials. The sound of an alarm clock means one thing to me -- I have to get up earlier than I want to and pretend to care about anything. Hearing an alarm clock removed from that context just feels like some kind of middle-class, suburban PTSD. It's as grating on my ears as that freaky, lumbering Prius Golem is on my eyes. And l...
Commercials I Hate — “Honeymoon” (Subaru Outback)

Commercials I Hate — “Honeymoon” (Subaru Outback)

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I promise I'm not hyper-focused on car ads for this series, but it just seems that they irritate me the most these days. And this one is currently at the top of my list. It's the oh-so-cute and romantic "Honeymoon" spot for the Subaru Outback. Can we quit it with the sloppy hipsters in car ads already? I happen to really like the Outback, but if I saw a couple like this driving one I might just run them off the road. Of course they'd probably just say "oh, what a great adventure!" and grin like idiots. I could probably handle the sappy montage, but then the douchenozzle husband kicks in with the smugness: "We could've gone a more traditional route. But it wouldn't have been nearly as memorable." You know what, hipster honeymooner? Your special little trip in the dirt is no ...
Commercials I Hate — Chobani Real Love Stories (Stephen)

Commercials I Hate — Chobani Real Love Stories (Stephen)

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I don't want to hate these new Chobani "Real Love" spots. I happen to be a real-life Chobani consumer, and have been for a few years. So imagine my disappointment at seeing this complete dork on my TV: OK, so let's talk about the most obviously annoying aspects of this spot: Dude can't even pronounce the name of the company correctly. What the hell is Trobani? He shovels that yogurt down his gullet with the same grip a kid uses to eat a bowl of cereal. Hey jerkoff, how about putting the bike away and learning a little table etiquette? I don't know if it's sadder that this guy might have actually biked 80 miles to visit a yogurt factory, or that he brags about it.
Commercials I Hate – Tibet (Groupon)

Commercials I Hate – Tibet (Groupon)

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This one is pretty obvious. While most “controversial” Super Bowl ads of the past have feebly attempted to cross some sort of imaginary line of sexual innuendo à la Go Daddy (another series of ads I hate), Groupon decided to cross a very real line of good taste. The idea seems to come straight out of a Saturday Night Live skit, and that’s the problem. And not just because SNL is a horribly unfunny show at this time, but because that kind of humor makes no sense in a commercial. In the context of a comedy sketch show, the parody is obvious. In the context of the Super Bowl, however, the joke seems very different. Instead of poking a little fun at their own expense, Groupon appears to be making light of the very serious subject of Tibetan suffering. Timothy Hutton’s smug presence d
Commercials I hate – Toyota Highlander and that little puke kid

Commercials I hate – Toyota Highlander and that little puke kid

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Now that the holiday season is behind us and with it, thank God, those headache-inducing Hyundai hipsters, it's time to focus on an even more insidious automotive ad campaign.  You know what I'm talking about - the Toyota Highlander commercials featuring that obnoxious little punk. At least the hipsters were trying to convey a sense of fun and whimsy.  Can anyone explain what the redeeming qualities of these ads are?  I can tell you what I see in these spots: Smart-mouthed little brat?  Check. Future status-seeking jerkoff?  Check. The most rage-inducing child I've seen on my TV since Danny Cooksey?  Check. Little turd who doesn't get the irony of calling his parents lame while wearing skinny jeans?  Check. Ungrateful twerp who should be thankful his folks don't smack t